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Visit Albania

Albania is still one of those nations that is off of the average person’s radar when it comes to holiday planning, but that may soon change. Although fairly isolated due to its location, the culture, spirit, and heritage of this nation is quite rich. It is also a place where your hard-earned money can stretch further than you might imagine during your next holiday.

Traditionally, Albania has been 70% Sunni Muslim, 10% Roman Catholic (mostly in the north) and 20% Albanian Orthodox, making it the only European country to have a Muslim majority. From 1967 to 1990 it was also the only officially atheist state in the world, and many churches were converted into cinemas and theatres.

The spiritual vacuum left after the fall of communism was in part being filled by US evangelists, but new churches and mosques were springing up all over the country.

The Numerous Ancient Ruins

Everyone loves a good set of ancient ruins. UNESCO has named many around the world as Heritage Sites to help protect them. Albania has several that are protected as well, but because of the isolation they aren’t as busy as other European locations. Imagine visiting a 13th century town in its authentic splendor for the cost of a sweet treat – and you’ll likely be the only people there too.

Incredible Castles

The castles of Albania seem like they belong in a detective story rather than a fairy tale, but that doesn’t change their splendor at all. Some are even completed restored to help visitors see the storied past that this nation has encountered. You’ll find castles on beaches, at mountain summits, and sometimes even in the middle of a grassy field surrounded by livestock.

Thousands of Bunkers

Albania was once ruled by a man named Enver Hoxha. This dictator was more than a little worried about someone trying to conquer his country, so he built almost 1 million concrete bunkers to provide a land-based defense against invading armies or falling nuclear weapons. These stand as just one interesting testament to the decades of Communist rule that can be experienced today.

Albania is easily one of the most diverse and tolerant nations in the world today, making it an inviting place to explore. If you’re ready to be an explorer instead of a tourist for your next holiday, then make this nation your planned destination. It’s a decision you’ll cherish forever.

Travel and vacation in Albania

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City Guides

Berat

#Berat Visit Berat Berat with 45.000 inhabitants is a city in south-central Albania, Berat is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and you find...

Borsh

#Borsh Visit Borsh You’ll find Borsh in the heart of the Albanian Riviera. It may be a small community, but it is filled with numerous opportunities....

Dhermi

#Dhermi Visit Dhermi The beaches you’ll find in Dhermi stand out as some of the best you can find in all of Albania. It is one...

Durrës

#Durrës Visit Durrës The beaches of Durres seem to stretch on for an eternity and unlike other areas along the Albanian coast, they are fully developed....

Elbasan

#Elbasan Visit Elbasan   Travel to Elbasan, Albania Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Elbasan...

Gjirokaster

#Gjirokaster Visit Gjirokaster Gjirokaster is one of those cities that is often overlooked by the casual traveler. Once you see its many wonders and natural beauty,...

Good to know

Coronavirus & travel restrictions Albania

#Coronavirus Albania Coronavirus status - Albania How is the coronavirus situation in Albania ? See the statistics for the country in confirmed and present active Covid-19...

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National Tourist Information Albania

Traveladvisor in Albania: Are you going on a vacation you can get lots of free and professional help, traveladvice and information from the National...

Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017

RankNamePop.
1Tirana622.190
2Durrës203.917
3Vlorë135.032
4Elbasan124.179
5Shkodër111.686
6Korçë86.994
7Fier84.638
8Kamëz81.688
9Berat63.132
10Lushnjë53.507
11Sarandë40.736
12Paskuqan39.553
13Kavajë39.478
14Pogradec38.642
15Gjirokastër33.346

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglish nameAlbanian nameRemarks
01 01New Year's DayViti i RiFixed
02 01New Year's DayViti i RiFixed
14 03Summer DayDita e VerësFixed
NovruzNowruzDita e Sulltan NevruzitVariable
Easter Monday - CatholicCatholic EasterPashkët KatolikeVariable
Easter Monday - OrthodoxOrthodox EasterPashkët OrtodokseVariable
01 05May DayDita Ndërkombëtare e PunonjësveFixed
Eid ul-FitrEid ul-FitrBajrami i Madh (Fitër Bajrami)Variable
Eid ul-AdhaEid ul-AdhaBajrami i Vogël (Kurban Bajrami)Variable
19 10Mother Teresa DayDita e Nënë TerezësFixed
28 11Independence DayDita e PavarësisëFixed
29 11Liberation DayDita e ÇlirimitFixed
08 12Youth DayDita Kombëtare e RinisëFixed
25 12ChristmasKrishtlindjetFixed

Best of Albania

Lying across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Albania is a southeastern European country of astounding natural beauty that includes rolling plains and beautiful beaches. This Balkan nation is bordered by Greece to the south, Macedonia to the east, Kosovo to the northeast and Montenegro to the northwest. Albania Holidays have risen in popularity in recent years as increasing numbers of tourists have discovered the country’s delights. Tirana is the capital and is in the north-central part of the country; it has interesting cultural and historical attractions, and is a great place to explore. Albania’s only international airport, Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza, is named after the late missionary nun Mother Teresa, who was ethnic Albanian

Culture

The culture of Albania is majorly influenced by that of the mainland Greeks especially in the urban locality; nodding one’s head means ‘no’ where as shaking the head means ‘yes’. To greet someone, handshaking is preferred, though Shoku (Comrade) was used before, which has been long forgotten now. People dress informally here. Swim suits are meant for the beaches, otherwise women are expected not to dress in a revealing outfit. When addressing someone prefix Zoti(Mr) or Zonja(Mrs) before the name and always remember to carry some gifts when visiting someone, although flowers aren’t much acceptable. The guests are served with coffee, raki or sweets. Smokers don’t have to worry much, but they should avoid it where they see a sign of Ndalohet Duhani or Ndalohet pirja e duhanit.

Travelling in Albania

Buses with relatively cheap fares operate in the main cities of the country or taxis are another choice which provided service for some main hotels.
Visit Dajti Mountain and experience Dajti Ekspres Cable car for an unforgettable 15 minute ride passing through Dajt Oark to reach Tirana. The route is about 4.2 km long and the ride costs €6.5.Alpha Yachting provides crewed yacht which is a luxury in itself. Tirana Bank is the best place for withdrawing money as it allows access to Visa cards.

Getting There

One of the best and the easiest means is to go by air. Albanian Airlines is the national airline which works in collaboration with Tyrolean Airways, and provides service to almost all the big European cities. The airport, Mother Teresa, is 16 miles or 26 km away from the capital. A tourist bus is available every 3 hrs to get to the city center and takes about 30 minutes to get there. Taxis are available round the clock. While waiting for any transport service, tourists can check out the duty free shops, bank, eateries and car hire at the airport.

If trying to get there by sea, try the ferry services which are provided by Adriatic Line and Agoudimos. The main ports are Durres (has ferry connection to Italy, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste, and Ancona), Vlora (has ferry connection to Bari, and Brindisi), Saranda (has connection to Corfu), Shen Gjini (has ferry connection to Bari). Check out www.adriatica.it and www.aqoudimos-lines.com for more information.

Bus is another option. Buses start from Istanbul, Athens and Sofia. Internal passengers have lots of options with bus services provided.

Interesting sights and cities

There are great places to stay during your Albania holidays, starting with the capital, Tirana. The sole international airport is just 20 minutes outside the city, making Tirana a natural choice for many visitors, whether staying there or moving later to other parts of the country. The Albanian Riviera is a stunning location, with mountainous areas sweeping down to the sea, and is the choice of lots of tourists as it has wonderful beach resorts all along it. The city of Berat in the south-central part of the country is another good choice. Known as the ‘City of a Thousand Windows’, the old part of the town is World Heritage-listed

Tirana

Tirana is the capital of Albania and has a population of a little over 300,000. The city is an eclectic mix of traditional European structures, soviet style five story buildings and mid-east influenced architecture. Relatively small, Tirana is a city with a small town feel.

Korca – Rugs, Rugs, Rugs

Korca is a city located in the east of Albania close to the border of Greece. Built high up on a plateau, Korca is a must see if you love Turkish style rugs and carpets. The entire city seems to be devoted to the manufacture and sale of every size, color and type of rug. If you’re staying overnight, Hotel Iliria is your best option.

Petrela Castle

Dating back to 500 AD, Petrela Castle is an ancient structure, which is in relatively good shape considering the history attached to it. At one time or another, Petrela was the primary defense of the city of Durres. It has been held, used and conquered by Romans, Greeks, Turks and other. Seriously off the beaten path, getting to Petrela requires a sturdy Jeep or Landcruiser. It is a very bumpy road, but the view is more than worth it.

Albanian Riviera

If you’re spending your Albania holidays on the Riviera, you’ll find it’s like the more famous French Riviera – only better. It’s cheaper, the beaches are more beautiful and the locals are friendlier! Among the most stunning beaches along the coast are those at Ksamil, Himara and Borshi.

National Historical Museum

Visit the National Historical Museum in Tirana and get a flavour of the country’s heritage and past. It’s the biggest museum in the country and has a large amount of items of archaeological interest.

Butrint National Park

Butrint National Park in the far southwest is well worth a visit. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an area of archaeological importance. A number of ancient structures are still standing, including a Roman theatre, city walls and a basilica.

The National Art Gallery of Albania is another worthwhile stop on the tourist trail, and should not be missed. It’s also in the capital and has thousands of works of art by Albanian and foreign artists.

Lake Skadar

Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula and is an extremely picturesque setting. About one-third of it is in Albania and the rest is over the border in Montenegro. There’s lots of wildlife in the area, including rare European pelicans.

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Albania Covid-19 / Coronavirus

Albania
163,404
Total confirmed cases
Updated on
Albania
12,700
Total active cases
Updated on
Country/Region
Confirmed cases
Deaths
Active cases
Afghanistan
154,756
7,193
24,809
Albania
163,404
2,587
12,700
Algeria
201,766
5,709
57,980
Andorra
15,140
130
61
Angola
52,644
1,409
5,129
Anguilla
340
0
15
Antigua and Barbuda
2,603
55
964
Argentina
5,241,394
114,518
27,719
Armenia
254,436
5,161
12,307
Aruba
15,274
159
259
Australia
88,728
1,178
24,172
Austria
726,674
10,918
22,156
Azerbaijan
473,459
6,327
30,595
Bahamas
20,215
510
1,922
Bahrain
274,383
1,388
798
Bangladesh
1,544,238
27,251
13,881
Barbados
6,631
59
866
Belarus
518,369
4,016
9,792
Belgium
1,224,885
25,517
59,540
Belize
18,902
395
1,756
Benin
21,450
146
4,010
Bermuda
4,632
43
1,513
Bhutan
2,597
3
1
Bolivia
497,386
18,664
26,325
Bosnia
227,579
10,287
25,074
Botswana
173,788
2,354
4,116
Brazil
21,247,667
591,034
376,339
British Virgin Islands
2,642
37
50
Brunei
5,385
29
1,679
Bulgaria
484,546
20,166
39,728
Burkina Faso
14,052
172
145
Burundi
14,189
38
13,378
Cabo Verde
37,157
331
851
Cambodia
105,344
2,140
5,018
Cameroon
85,414
1,368
3,613
Canada
1,581,910
27,434
45,822
Caribbean Netherlands
1,974
18
129
Cayman Islands
774
2
52
Central African Republic
11,340
100
4,381
Chad
5,029
174
18
Channel Islands
11,335
97
325
Chile
1,647,746
37,367
6,026
China
95,810
4,636
980
Colombia
4,942,249
125,924
34,671
Comoros
4,109
147
19
Congo
13,701
183
1,097
Costa Rica
510,653
6,056
92,918
Croatia
392,248
8,514
7,518
Cuba
809,911
6,856
40,376
Curaçao
16,086
158
465
Cyprus
117,235
547
25,933
Czechia
1,686,851
30,442
5,517
Côte d'Ivoire
59,153
569
1,824
DRC
56,463
1,068
24,537
Denmark
354,913
2,630
5,452
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
12,085
159
177
Dominica
2,908
10
665
Dominican Republic
355,378
4,029
4,701
Ecuador
507,020
32,666
30,474
Egypt
297,608
16,992
29,924
El Salvador
102,024
3,125
13,918
Equatorial Guinea
11,063
137
1,436
Eritrea
6,674
40
10
Estonia
150,605
1,333
9,381
Ethiopia
333,698
5,164
26,749
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
67
0
4
Faroe Islands
1,070
2
38
Fiji
49,959
566
13,382
Finland
137,117
1,051
90,066
France
6,956,848
116,050
191,140
French Guiana
38,711
245
28,471
French Polynesia
40,178
599
6,079
Gabon
28,120
176
1,607
Gambia
9,888
332
23
Georgia
598,396
8,621
24,002
Germany
4,157,113
93,632
154,181
Ghana
125,565
1,125
4,295
Gibraltar
5,479
97
73
Greece
632,908
14,505
25,513
Greenland
469
0
107
Grenada
4,213
63
2,337
Guadeloupe
52,480
668
49,562
Guatemala
530,026
13,061
35,900
Guinea
30,271
375
1,388
Guinea-Bissau
6,080
130
713
Guyana
29,683
733
3,695
Haiti
21,413
605
1,569
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
0
Honduras
359,768
9,537
241,665
Hong Kong
12,167
213
76
Hungary
818,520
30,141
7,639
Iceland
11,471
33
309
India
33,504,534
445,416
309,544
Indonesia
4,195,958
140,805
52,447
Iran
5,459,796
117,905
522,668
Iraq
1,978,412
21,869
88,725
Ireland
376,517
5,179
43,939
Isle of Man
7,184
38
356
Israel
1,235,064
7,555
74,733
Italy
4,638,516
130,354
112,514
Jamaica
80,406
1,794
27,681
Japan
1,679,116
17,233
67,737
Jordan
814,676
10,624
12,327
Kazakhstan
864,955
10,810
60,242
Kenya
246,643
4,995
3,698
Kuwait
411,233
2,440
783
Kyrgyzstan
177,869
2,592
2,908
Lao People's Democratic Republic
19,399
16
13,815
Latvia
151,243
2,658
6,541
Lebanon
618,580
8,240
27,597
Lesotho
14,395
403
7,162
Liberia
5,915
283
174
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
333,064
4,533
79,204
Liechtenstein
3,425
60
42
Lithuania
317,852
4,837
18,872
Luxembourg
77,340
834
1,039
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
63
0
0
Macedonia
187,068
6,472
12,786
Madagascar
42,898
958
618
Malawi
61,382
2,264
6,663
Malaysia
2,112,175
23,744
207,698
Maldives
83,655
229
1,622
Mali
15,074
545
307
Malta
37,018
456
950
Marshall Islands
4
0
0
Martinique
39,745
555
39,086
Mauritania
35,515
766
969
Mauritius
14,735
59
12,822
Mayotte
20,154
176
17,014
Mexico
3,573,044
271,765
366,669
Micronesia
1
0
0
Moldova
282,650
6,605
7,999
Monaco
3,291
33
30
Mongolia
280,540
1,132
7,156
Montenegro
126,684
1,859
8,116
Montserrat
33
1
2
Morocco
920,374
13,958
20,926
Mozambique
150,067
1,903
2,505
Myanmar
448,158
17,129
30,861
Namibia
126,900
3,471
1,340
Nepal
786,577
11,053
21,524
Netherlands
1,986,241
18,123
69,925
New Caledonia
4,396
33
4,305
New Zealand
4,095
27
325
Nicaragua
13,025
202
8,598
Niger
5,964
201
60
Nigeria
202,191
2,661
8,629
Norway
182,918
841
93,125
Oman
303,459
4,093
5,409
Pakistan
1,227,905
27,327
62,922
Palau
5
0
2
Palestine
386,493
3,935
30,243
Panama
464,440
7,176
4,455
Papua New Guinea
18,968
212
647
Paraguay
459,665
16,132
1,630
Peru
2,167,652
199,036
1,968,616
Philippines
2,401,916
37,074
171,142
Poland
2,899,008
75,503
163,553
Portugal
1,062,320
17,914
33,634
Qatar
235,626
604
1,568
Romania
1,152,052
35,592
36,646
Russia
7,313,851
199,808
587,932
Rwanda
95,503
1,215
48,856
Réunion
52,643
358
1,159
S. Korea
289,263
2,413
26,760
Saint Helena
2
0
0
Saint Kitts and Nevis
1,680
10
724
Saint Lucia
10,624
150
2,184
Saint Martin
3,646
47
2,200
Saint Pierre Miquelon
31
0
0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
2,845
16
488
Samoa
3
0
0
San Marino
5,419
90
60
Sao Tome and Principe
3,097
45
461
Saudi Arabia
546,612
8,667
2,343
Senegal
73,668
1,848
1,525
Serbia
872,110
7,808
105,793
Seychelles
20,943
114
584
Sierra Leone
6,392
121
1,895
Singapore
78,721
62
7,572
Sint Maarten
4,117
60
152
Slovakia
403,802
12,580
7,308
Slovenia
285,079
4,506
13,658
Solomon Islands
20
0
0
Somalia
19,235
1,079
8,906
South Africa
2,884,134
86,216
62,578
South Sudan
11,831
121
355
Spain
4,935,534
85,901
177,531
Sri Lanka
506,009
12,218
60,698
St. Barth
1,548
2
1,084
Sudan
38,053
2,879
3,234
Suriname
37,590
814
10,053
Swaziland
45,395
1,200
822
Sweden
1,144,982
14,734
27,355
Switzerland
827,107
11,011
74,314
Syrian Arab Republic
30,913
2,136
5,684
Taiwan
16,152
840
151
Tajikistan
17,084
124
0
Tanzania
1,367
50
1,134
Thailand
1,500,105
15,612
131,655
Timor-Leste
19,125
107
1,319
Togo
24,655
215
3,806
Trinidad and Tobago
48,629
1,422
3,973
Tunisia
700,400
24,527
5,945
Turkey
6,874,947
61,805
448,123
Turks and Caicos Islands
2,805
22
111
UAE
733,003
2,077
6,071
UK
7,465,448
135,252
1,319,317
USA
43,107,628
694,619
9,737,027
Uganda
122,277
3,129
23,251
Ukraine
2,355,805
55,056
67,176
Uruguay
387,744
6,048
1,560
Uzbekistan
169,467
1,197
4,972
Vanuatu
4
1
0
Venezuela
356,262
4,311
11,929
Vietnam
695,744
17,305
214,113
Wallis and Futuna
445
7
0
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
8,718
1,649
1,668
Zambia
208,502
3,639
600
Zimbabwe
128,186
4,569
2,519
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